I am currently Enterprise Data Scientist at Allstate Insurance Company, working in the Innovation group on future insurance products and services.
Previously, I was a Distinguished Engineer at HERE working on innovative ML and AI solutions for map making and map experiences for future location services for people and robots. At HERE (former NAVTEQ/NOKIA), I held both individual contributor and managerial roles in Research and Development. During this time, I contributed numerous issued patents and scientific papers in GIS relevant areas. I also led a team of researchers focused on creating new automated feature extraction capabilities for a variety of data sources and developing data analytics capabilities that inform next-generation knowledge-based algorithms for creating mobile contexts and augmented map information.
I have a strong collaboration history with academia. One highlight is a collaboration that I initiated in 2017 on geospatial and temporal sensor data analytics with two top academic institutions from the Netherlands, the Eindhoven University of Technology and Utrecht University. I was also a CS affiliate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, teaching classes on Mobile Augmented Reality in Spring 2011 and Fall 2013. In 2009, I initiated and assisted with the collection of the first campus-wide LiDAR and imaging dataset at a university (UIUC). The data has since been used in relevant courses. While at HERE, I hired many summer interns some of which to become later very successful research engineers.
I regularly participate and contribute to academic conferences as a reviewer, author and organizer, for instance as one of the Local Arrangement Chairs for ACM SIGSPATIAL 2019.
In the past, I held research roles in academia, including a research professorship at the University of Virginia, where I worked on medical imaging and computer visualization techniques for brain surgery, and a postdoctoral position at UIUC, working on shape modeling and vector graphics rendering techniques.
I hold a PhD degree in Mathematics from the University of Southern California and an MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.